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Brookfield Zoo announces winning name for 4-month-old gorilla

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 12:48 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 7, 2014 3:18 a.m. CDT
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Koola, an 18-year-old gorilla, holds her 4-month-old baby, now named Nora, at the Brookfield Zoo. The zoo announced Tuesday the baby's name was decided after the public cast 70,000 votes over two weeks voting on their favorite.

BROOKFIELD – Two weeks after reaching out for the public's help in choosing a name for its 4-month-old baby gorilla, the Chicago Zoological Society has selected Nora as the winning name.

"Nora" – meaning honor and light – received more than half of the 70,000 online votes.

The Brookfield Zoo was debating three other names for the baby western lowland gorilla, born on Nov. 4, 2013, which included Alima, for the river in the Republic of Congo where western lowland gorillas are native; Amelia, which means industrious leader or flatterer; or Emma, after Emma Stokes, a gorilla researcher in the Republic of Congo.

The public can visit Nora and her mom, Koola, at the zoo's Tropic World: Africa exhibit. The Brookfield Zoo is located at 8400 W. 31st St.

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